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a suffix that forms nouns denoting a person characterized by or occupied with that named by the stem, occurring in loanwords from French:
concessionaire; doctrinaire; legionnaire; millionaire.
Origin of -aire
< French < Latin -ārius -ary, a learned doublet of the French suffix -ier -eer, -ier2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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